Aszemar Glenn Eclectic Composer-Pianist

Aszemar Glenn is based out of Portland, OR. He is an eclectic composer and pianist an ethonomusicologist. He received a commission on October 9, 2018 to compose a set of lullabies. That year he also composed 'In a Manner of Speaking' for jazz bass and piano for the 48 hour Composer Competition in April 2018. Most recently this year 2020 he composed two choral works, A Wooden Chart was my Start for solo voice and piano, the other Asleep in the Meadow for SATB choir.

Mr. Glenn fell in love with soul, gospel and pop music at a young age and later, trained in classical music while a student at Pacific University. He has contributed to the Smithsonian Foundation Black Past Web site. Mr. Glenn was an on-call pianist for the Tacoma Symphony in Washington State. He earned his Fine Arts degree in the disciplines of Art, Dance, and Music, and has numerous achievements in his career, being awarded the OMTA-Oregon Music Teachers Association state music award in music composition as a college student, and two National Endowment for the Arts grants, one in composition the other in performance. At Pacific University he was a student of Florence Chino, who graduated with a Master's Degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, Dr Donald Schwejda (music theory/composition and contemporary music), and Dr. Albert Freedman (jazz ban workshop). He also took a master class from noted concert pianist Robert Guarlnik. In 1997 he paticipated in a regional international Van Cliburn Piano Competition and has been featured on regional and public broadcasting television as well as cable television. He is also proud to have performed his original music with Portland jazz great Thara Memory.

As soloist in 1997 he performed with esteemed conductor Anthony Armore and the Willamette Falls Symphony and the Mittleman Jewish Community Orchestra the world premiere of 'Reclere: Metaphor for Piano and Orchestra' written in 1995 by internationally known composer Klaus Cornell and in 2004 his own first symphony was performed by the Oregon Cascade Symphony which he founded, managed and conducted from 1998 to 2008. After a twelve year hiatus Mr. Glenn has resurrected Oregon Cascade Symphony as of June 1, 2020.

In 2011 he wrote a jazz suite for piano entitled “S.S.S” that paid tribute to black jazz artists of past. Suite “S.S.S.” was performed by the composer in a lecture-style performance called Black Composers of Oregon past and present funded through and presented at the Multnomah County Library, which included Richard Moffatt's “American Dance Suite”. 2011 also marked the start of a Winter Solstice solo piano program that was done annually from 2011 to 2014 at the McMenamins Dome Theatre to a sold-out house. Maestro Glenn is still active as a soloist, but now spends most of his time composing music.

YouTube link:  Aszemar Glenn Music

VIMEO link:  Aszemar's Music Explorations

Symphony link:  Oregon Cascade Symphony


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PROGRAMS TO BE ANNOUNCED: Primary Venue ST JOHNS CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 8044 N Richmond Ave., Portland, OR 97203. Doors Open at 3:30 PM concert starts at 4:00 PM.

ASZEMAR GLENN 'A Retrospective': October 5, 2020 ST JOHNS CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 8044 N Richmond Ave., Portland, OR 97203. note: The concert will still be live-streamed using social media sites. Doors Open at 7:00 PM.

Please contact Aszemar Glenn composer-pianist at maestro[at] or call 503-290-6109 to discuss how to book Aszemar Glenn for a performance in your area.

About Me

Aszemar Glenn is a Portland native who fell in love with soul and gospel music at a young age and, later, trained in classical music while a student at Pacific University.


Aszemar Glenn composer-pianist

I plan on producing more original music from now on.


My music

Music can be purchased through my Band Camp Website the link is provided on this page. My music is still evolving. Which it should! I consider myself a musical mutt, you can quote me on this, for I draw from many different influences and sources.